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Mother admits giving 3-year-old cigs and beer

A mother from Malmö in southern Sweden, charged with forcing her 3-year-old son to smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol at a party last year, has confessed to all charges but was unable to offer the court any explanation why she acted the way she did.

Mother admits giving 3-year-old cigs and beer

“She had no explanation. She had drunk alcohol and smoked cannabis,” said prosecutor Klas Norelius to local paper Skånskan.

At the party, which took place in June last year, the 3-year-old boy was filmed as he was urged to smoke a cigarette given to him by his mother.

“Take a toke then you little… inhale then… come on now. Inhale a little. Light it up now, for goodness sake, get the damned thing going,” the mother said according to the transcript.

Some other party goers then gave the boy a can of beer. The mother did not protest. They started joking about what would happen if the social services found out

The mother allegedly told the boy not to tell them, called him a squealer and a snitch and flicked her fingers at his head.

In questioning, the adults present at the incident have said that it wasn’t beer in the can but water and that the 3-year-old was given a cigarette so as to feel “nauseous and dizzy” and develop distaste for tobacco.

However, the district court charged the woman with reckless behaviour, bootlegging and narcotics crimes. She has reportedly confessed to all three.

The prosecutor had initially hoped to charge the woman with child abuse, but her reckless behaviour in letting her child smoke and drink together with actively blowing smoke at her son was not deemed enough to prove she was abusing her child, according to the paper.

The fact that the incident was caught on camera meant that the prosecution had a strong case against the woman. The prosecution is demanding the woman is fined and according to Norelius, it is important that the woman is convicted.

The mother’s defence lawyer has argued that parents are allowed to let their children try alcohol in some instances.

“He will have to speak for himself, but in my opinion you should never offer alcohol to a 3-year-old,” said Norelius to Skånskan.

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Divers find 500-year-old Danish beer barrels in Swedish wreck

Divers excavating the wreck of a medieval warship off the coast of Sweden have found barrels they believe may hold traces of 500-year-old Danish beer.

Divers find 500-year-old Danish beer barrels in Swedish wreck
The beer barrels had been branded with the letter 'A'. Photo: Brett Seymour
The Gribshunden, or Griffen, the flagship of King John of Denmark, sank in 1495 off the coast of Ronneby, southeastern Sweden, while on the way for talks with Swedish separatist forces int he city of Kalmar. 
 
“It's what we would expect but I still think it's quite fun because it gives us an insight to the life on board,” Johan Rönnby, an archeologist from Södertörn University outside Stockholm, told The Local. 
 
“We haven't taken any samples, so we can't 100 percent say that it is beer, but it is most likely that it would be beer on a ship, as water was not that healthy to drink.” 
 
The suspected beer barrels are marked with the letter 'A' and fitted with two stoppers on the lid, which would have enabled easy pouring. 
 
Rönnby's colleague Brendan Foley, a researcher from Lund University, said that the team were currently taking samples from the barrels to determine their contents. 
 
“We're taking sediment samples now and hoping we're going to find DNA evidence of hops,” he said. 
 
“What we're doing is getting a look at not just what the men on the ship were drinking but what King John was taking to Kalmar to impress Sten Sture the Elder.” 
 
Sten Sture the Elder had led Swedish separatist forces to victory against royal unionist forces at the Battle of Brunkeberg in 1471, after which he had become effective ruler of Sweden. 
 
The excavation of the Gribshunden, which is being part-funded by the Lund-based Crafoord Foundation, involves 40 researchers from 10 countries. 
 
The researchers announced the discovery with a press release on Friday. 
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